By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Former Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres and is expected to sign today.
Renfroe, who was drafted 13th overall last month, will reportedly sign a deal for $2,678,000. The deadline for draft picks to sign is Friday.
Renfroe was in San Diego on Monday to take a physical. After a visit to San Diego’s Petco Park on Tuesday night, where he took batting practice prior to the Padres game against the Colorado Rockies, Renfroe was scheduled to report to Eugene, Ore., today to join the club’s Single A affiliate in the Northwest League.
The Union Times of San Diego reported Tuesday the Padres believe Renfroe will finish the season in low A Fort Wayne.
In his junior year at MSU, Renfroe batted .345 with 16 home runs and 65 RBIs, helping the Bulldogs reach the finals of the College World Series. He’s the second MSU player in as many years to go in the first round – pitcher Chris Stratton was drafted 20th overall by San Francisco in 2012.
Padres director of scouting Billy Gasparino sees Renfroe as a five-tool player whose success in college makes him “a unique player.”